Throughout this course, you will be progressively building a research paper that will be submitted in stages to the instructor. Each of these stages is important to help you organize your thoughts and write a thorough review of established literature on a particular topic. The finished product for this assignment will be a double-spaced, 10–15-page paper (not including title page, abstract, and references) addressing your chosen topic. You must include at least 10 relevant journal articles in your paper. All articles must be empirical* and recent (written within the last 5 years unless the citation is linked to an author whose work is seminal to your topic). This paper should be written in a scholarly fashion, strictly adhering to APA standards. Do not express your own opinion. The final copy of the research paper is due on Wednesday of Module/Week 8. No papers will be accepted after 5 days from the due date.
You should use the following guidelines in constructing your research paper:
Introduction should define and discuss the importance of your topic.
The body of the paper should organize the topic in a meaningful way and critically review the current empirical knowledge base relevant to your topic.
A conclusion section should include a discussion of practice/policy implications/recommendations and future research directions.
Reference page should list at least 10 primary empirical sources.
Follow APA Publication Manual organization and style guidelines. Points will be deducted for format violations and grammatical problems.
*Reports of empirical studies summarize original research. Many journal articles are reports of empirical studies. In order to learn how to review the literature, it is important to be able to read and understand reports of empirical studies. Empirical articles have the following sections: abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, and references.